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Posted On: 11/7/17 2:45 PM

After Mountain Iron-Buhl lost to Goodhue in last spring’s state Class A final, MIB coach Jeff Buffetta praised his senior guards Mya Buffetta and Chelsea Mason (and why not?). MIB has now been to 7 straight state tournaments, and Mya Buffetta and Mason have played in six. They never won a state championship but Jeff Buffetta gave fair warning. “Now, there are lots of little girls all over Mountain Iron and Buhl who want to be like Mya Buffetta and Chelsea Mason.”

A few weeks later I ran into coach Buffetta at a summer tournament and I mentioned to him that, apparently, there are little girls all over the Iron Range who want to be like Mya Buffetta and Chelsea Mason. Of course, he already knew that much better than I did. In fact, he wanted me to check out one of them, Kaelynn Kudis from Cherry, then a freshman, now a sophomore, who was playing at Kennedy that day.

The point is, girls basketball on the Iron Range—or, rather, the Arrowhead, not just the Range, but everywhere north of Hinckley—hasn’t been very good. In more than 40 years now, only one team from the Arrowhead has ever won a

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